Jennifer Burtt Lauruol – How to hide productive plants in plain view

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Designs landscapes.

Teaches aspects of design, but not PDCs.

Long history of aesthetic design. How about a garden designed using permaculture principles, but in a style of an Italian Renaissance, or a post-modernist minimalist garden.

Human need for beauty, order and delight may be just as important as a food yield for the client, particularly in an urban setting.

Attended PDC with Rod Everett in 2007.

PDCs give you a high, but they’re more like a diet pill, which don’t teach you to eat a balanced diet, do exercise, etc.

My focus is on the small space, in an urban setting.

The productive yield can be designed in plain view, but how it’s done will determine how the neighbours react to it.

Ron Finley – the Gangsta’ Gardener .

Use landscaping formulas, but choose plants for those that will have yields. We don’t need to use rectangular raised beds, and allotment style in front gardens.

Some plants in some cultures will be treated as vegetables, and so, normally not suited for placing in the front garden, unless, they are arranged in such a way that individual plants were not visible.

Example of a hanging basket: Red, ruby chard in the centre, red fuchsia with its purple berries on the side, and tumbling tom tomatoes. All edible, but very decorative. This could be done in yellow.

Lawn daisies (bellis perennis) – medicinal, bee forage, and a beautiful landscaping plant.

Michele Fitzsimmons mentioned.

Show gardens are like a picture of how a garden could look like in one part of the year. They are not suited for practical gardens. A permaculture garden if well designed would function throughout the year, and in following years.

IDEA: How about an alternative contest, created by permaculture garden designers? Not a snapshot, but 52 weeks of the year. Categories like “Hiding edibles in aesthetic design”, or “zen medicinal forest garden”, etc.

Jenni goes through a methodology for filling a volume, and some tips it.

Sensory gardens for people with disabilities, and for other people in general (scent, touch, sound, intuitive, so on).

Cecilia Macaulay.

Have you got an opportunity to design facilities for basic needs in an off grid setting, that are as elegant, and easy to use, as they are practical, and environmentally friendly? Is your compost loo easy to access during the night, by a person that suddenly gets sick?

We need to talk more about templates of needs, and not just give out list of solutions.

Val Grainger.

Get official education in the area of your passion to learn the bits, which you wouldn’t be naturally inclined to learn, but will benefit from greatly.


Jennifer’s page

Chris Baines – How to make a wildlife garden (book)

Robert Kourik – Designing and maintaining your edible landscape naturally (book) – let’s invite him to the podcast.

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